From the Vault: Jade Immortality


Jade suit of Princess Tou Wan. Photo by © Asian Art & Archaeology, Inc./CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Chinese aristocracy of the Western Han Dynasty embarked on their journey into the afterlife within garments of stone -- luxurious suits of jade armor entailing thousands of individual plates sewn together with gold, silver or silk. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Christian Sager explore this ancient funeral custom and both the scientific and superstitious qualities of jade. (Originally published May 9, 2017)

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